- Marriage is the union appointed by God between one man and one woman. It is a lifetime union to the exclusion of all others and should not be entered into lightly or flippantly.
- Couples seeking marriage must attend marriage classes and the Christians Against Poverty money course before any marriage can take place.
- Couples should be familiar with chapter 24 of the Westminster Confession of Faith and should discuss this with the minister before any marriage can take place.
- Couples seeking marriage should make the minister aware of any previous divorce and its nature before any marriage can take place. Divorce and remarriage is permissible for the injured party in the cases of adultery and desertion but not outside these bounds.
- It is the duty of a Christian to marry in the Lord. We read in the Scriptures…Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18)
- Couples who have begun cohabiting before marriage and/or currently engage in sexual activity should repent of these sins and discuss with the minister a period of separateness before marriage can take place.
This policy was adopted officially by the Kirk Session of Edengrove Presbyterian Church at their meeting in March 2015 and is reviewed on a yearly basis.